By Annie Claire- Sponsor Spotlight and Giveaway

Once again it is the weekend (everyone together...*sigh*), which means time to highlight another sponsor (yay!).

When Annie of 'by Annie Claire' first wrote to me about becoming a sponsor, I was a little inspired.  In her short email, she really conveyed the passion she has for her new adventure in life.

Her goal?  To lessen the gap between 'pasture to pullover'.  Annie makes it her mission to make available yarn from small flock farms around her community.  She then dyes these yarns without the use of chemicals and only with the natural pigments from plants and flowers found around her home.

In working this way, you can imagine that various flowers and foliage from different seasons would produce distinctive color families.  And with that, Annie is about to launch her first seasonal group of colors, focusing on the plants in season around this time of year.

On Thursday (December 22), by Annie Claire will be launching the Winter Collection 2011, a collection of four yarns of the season.  Wondering about the colors??  So am I!  But, I do have a sneak peek of one of them:

This lovely burnt orange is made from the toyon plant, which is at it's prime during winter months when it shoots out gorgeous bunches of berries

Not only is this a sneak peek of the color, but these two skeins are up for grabs!  Annie has sent these my way in order for me to send them on to one lucky blog reader.  What do you have to do to win 500 yards of all-natural worsted-weight goodness?  Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:59 EST (say hi, offer Annie a bit of encouragement, let her know what your favorite thing in her shop is... anything!).  

Want an extra entry?  Become a fan on facebook and let me know you did so in a second comment on this post.  Winner will be announced on Friday, December 23rd (how's that for a perfect early Christmas present?!).

Want to know more about Annie and her yarn dyeing mission?  Check out her 'About' page and read about Why She Does What She Does.  You can also find Annie on the following websites:

(where she also has patterns available to pair with her yarn!)

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